New Covered Outdoor Playzone for Special School in West Midlands
Posted on 30/01/2018
The PlayZone is used by all the children in lots of different ways. The Key Stage 1 children ride trikes and bikes, there is quick cricket, 5 a side football, relay races and even sponsored walks.
Project – A covered sports area allows children in West Midlands special school all year round outdoor play
Product – Covered MUGA™
Requirement – The Brier School in Kingswinford has been an Ofsted outstanding special school since 2008, teaching children from across the borough with a range of additional needs. They valued the time where the children are able to play, learn and explore outdoors, but found that the weather impacted on this for a large portion of the year.
Solution – The solution was to build a large covered multi-use games area. The Covered MUGA™ measures 29605mm x 24680mm. The new space has been affectionately called “The PlayZone”.
Result – The PlayZone is used by all the children in lots of different ways. The Key Stage 1 children ride trikes and bikes, there is quick cricket, 5 a side football, relay races and even sponsored walks. It even hosted a Winter Wonderland event at Christmas 2017. It adds many options to the school and it is being well used by the pupils as well as the wider community. During the summer, The Orchard Trust, a charity supporting children with learning difficulties, uses the area for summer school. It has extended the options available to local children with learning difficulties and their families. The Brier School are rightly proud of their outdoor space.
Russell Hinton, Headmaster at The Brier School says – “This space has made such a difference to the children, they can be outdoors and get fresh air all year round, regardless of the weather. Different classes use the PlayZone in rotation when the weather is poor, meaning that everyone has the chance of some fresh air and exercise. It took more than two years planning because of the size and design. The children are loving the PlayZone and a little bit of outside time each day helps with their concentration levels as well as their fitness.”
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